15 awesome laptop accessories from AmazonBasics that'll save you money

No matter what type of laptop accessory you're shopping for, you're bound to find a wide selection, with varied prices and quality. Some accessories that are proving to be reliable are those from AmazonBasics, which are also generally a lot cheaper than other products that do the exact same things. We've rounded up the best AmazonBasics laptop accessories right here.

AmazonBasics six-outlet surge protector

Powering a battle station often requires more than two outlets, so a power strip with six outlets is a natural choice. You're getting 790-joule, three-line surge protection to protect whatever's plugged in, and a six-foot cord helps you reach around a room. A lit switch signifies whether or not you're receiving power, and the narrow shape fits easily behind furniture or a desk. This power strip costs about $9 and currently sits at a 4.6-star rating on Amazon with more than 2,100 reviews.

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AmazonBasics USB-A 3.0 extension cable

Setting everything up and realizing that a keyboard, mouse, or other accessory doesn't quite reach to where you're seated is a real pain. This six-foot USB-A 3.0 extension cable (about $6) will work with older revisions — like USB-A 2.0 — to ensure you're not stuck extending just your newer devices. This cable is sturdily built, and a 4.7-star rating with more than 700 reviews means you should be satisfied with your purchase.

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AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A hub

A lot of new laptops seem to be foregoing USB-A and going strictly with USB-C, meaning you might not be able to plug in your older accessories. The answer is this USB-C to USB-A hub (about $24). You're getting three USB-A 3.1 ports, plus an Ethernet port if you'd like a wired internet connection. This hub is available in white and black, and it's sitting at a five-star rating with more than 50 reviews on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics four-port USB-A hub

Even if your laptop or PC has USB-A hubs, you might need more to connect all your peripherals. This four-port USB-A hub (about $17) plugs into your PC via USB-A and offers an additional four USB-A 3.0 hubs. You can also plug the hub into a wall outlet in order to run the more power-thirsty accessories. This hub is currently sitting at a 4-star rating with more than 7,300 reviews on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter

A lot of laptops, including the Surface Pro, have a Mini DisplayPort to provide video out, but a lot of displays will use standard HDMI. This adapter plugs into the Mini DisplayPort on your PC and provides a full-sized HDMI port for your peripherals. This adapter costs only about $9 and has a 4.4-star rating with more than 4,500 reviews on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics RJ45 Cat-6 Ethernet cable

Wi-Fi is great, but it doesn't compete with a wired Ethernet connection when it comes to speed and reliability. Not only that, you can use an Ethernet cable to set up a local wired network. If your PC has an Ethernet port (or you have a proper adapter or hub) and you'd like to set up a wired connection, this five-foot RJ45 Cat-6 cable (about $5) is a good place to start. There are plenty more buying options up to 50 feet, and overall this product has a 4.6-star rating with more than 1,900 reviews.

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AmazonBasics laptop sleeve

AmazonBasics sleeve (Image credit: Amazon)

This laptop sleeve (about $10) is available in plenty of sizes and colors to fit your laptop and style. It has a single zippered compartment that's lined with padding, and a neoprene exterior protects against bumps and scratches. This sleeve is undoubtedly a hit, with nearly 10,000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics felt laptop sleeve

The standard AmazonBasics laptop sleeve is great, but some of you might be looking for something with a premium look. This felt sleeve (about $12) admittedly isn't quite as padded as the other option, but it nevertheless provides a soft compartment for your laptop. Two small back pockets and a larger front pocket allow you to carry around some of your smaller accessories, and a Velcro flap keeps everything in place. It's available in two colors, three different sizes, and has a 4.4-star rating on Amazon with more than 885 reviews.

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AmazonBasics travel laptop backpack

Laptop bags can get silly expensive, but a lot of people are just looking for something that works. This travel laptop backpack (about $40) currently sits at a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 365 reviews. You're looking at 26.6 liters of space spread out over the main compartment, a laptop sleeve, a secondary tablet sleeve, and a large front pocket with loops and clips for smaller accessories. The padded shoulder straps and back padding offer comfort even when the bag is full, and a handle on top allows you to tote it around at your side.

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AmazonBasics laptop and tablet bag

A backpack might not cut it for the executive crowd, which is why AmazonBasics makes this laptop bag (about $15) that resembles a briefcase. It's available in multiple sizes depending on what device you're carrying around, and it currently has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon with more than 11,585 reviews. Inside is a padded sleeve for your laptop, a large compartment for bigger gear, and a zippered outer pocket for smaller accessories. For something less bulky that can still tote all your gear, this is the bag you're looking for.

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AmazonBasics adjustable monitor stand

Setting up a workstation for your laptop usually involves a monitor or two, and getting the right height is crucial for a good experience. Instead of piling up books and placing your monitor on the stack, this adjustable monitor stand (about $20) will do a much better job. It's designed to allow you to fit stuff under it, saving room on your desk, and with a 4.7-star rating with nearly 600 reviews, you're sure to get a sturdy product.

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AmazonBasics three-button USB mouse

The touchpad on your laptop might be fine most of the time, but when you really want to get down to business, an external mouse can often help speed up the process. This USB-wired option from AmazonBasics (about $6) gives you three buttons and a scroll wheel, plus it has 1,000 DPI optical tracking for a smooth experience. This mouse has a 4.5-star rating with nearly 6,000 reviews, so don't be frightened by the low price.

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AmazonBasics wireless mouse

Using your laptop on the go with a wired mouse is just awkward. This wireless mouse (about $9) can solve the problem of tangled wires and is available in five different colors. It connects to your PC with a nano receiver, so you will lose a USB-A port, but the connection is reliable. When not in use, the receiver can be stored in the bottom of the mouse. As for quality, it currently has a 4.2-star rating on Amazon with nearly 10,000 reviews.

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AmazonBasics wired keyboard

Sometimes a full-size keyboard can make all the difference, especially when it comes to productivity. You might also be tempted to grab this wired keyboard (about $13) if you're setting up a battle station with your laptop as the centerpiece. It connects via USB-A and has multiple hotkeys to make your life easier. It's currently sitting at a 4.3-star rating with more than 3,000 reviews.

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AmazonBasics USB-powered PC speakers

A lot of laptops have admittedly awful speakers, and if you're one who likes to enjoy music or movies without headphones, you're probably looking for some speakers. This set (about $14) connects quickly to your PC or an outlet via USB-A and offer 3W of sound once you plug in with a 3.5-mm audio cable. A volume dial on one speaker allows you to adjust quickly, and the small size will fit nicely on your desk. They might not be the loudest speakers, but they do have a 4.2-star rating with more than 8,000 reviews.

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Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.